Groupe d'Intervention de la Police Nationale d'Haïti

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Marines and a SWAT member search a building

The Groupe d'Intervention de la Police Nationale d'Haïti , GIPNH for short , is a special unit of the Police Nationale d'Haïti . The unit is also known as the Special Weapons and Tactics Squad for short, SWAT . Its headquarters are on avenue Toussaint Louverture near the Aéroport international Toussaint Louverture , Port au Prince . In 2009 the unit consisted of 46 police officers, 35 of them as non-commissioned officers and 11 as commissioned officers . There are six teams consisting of five to seven team members with a team leader and his assistant. GIPNH was founded in 1996.

The mandate is to carry out counter-terrorism operations, organized drug-related crime and other high-risk operations. It is also said to be used in prison riots.


The units' own vehicles are in poor condition and the unit cannot intervene quickly. The two armored vehicles donated by the US government are too big for the narrow streets. This is why UNPOL's Nissan Patrol vehicles are also used to be mobile at all.

The unit has the following weapons:

The unit also has night vision devices.

Web links

Commons : Groupe d'Intervention de la Police Nationale d'Haïti  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Sérgio Carrera de Albuquerque MELO NETO and Davis Heberton de SOUSA: A tropa de elite (SWAT) da Polícia Nacional do Haiti (PNH). May 30, 2010, accessed on September 3, 2016 (Portuguese, published in TEMPO, Ano 5, Nº15, Rio, 2010 [ISSN 1981-3384]).